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Everton 0 Burnley 1

1 October 2017

JEFF Hendrick struck a sublime winner to extend Burnley’s unbeaten away start to the season in style at Goodison Park.

The Irish midfielder finished off a fabulous 24-pass move midway through the first half to earn the Clarets their first win at Goodison Park since 1976.

And a stout second half rearguard, led magnificently by central defensive pairing James Tarkoswki and Ben Mee, protected Nick Pope in goal to earn another precious three points on the road and lift Burnley to sixth in the table.

Sean Dyche – looking for the 100th win of his managerial career, fielded the same starting 11 that drew with Huddersfield, while Everton dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench in a shuffle that saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin partner Oumar Niasse in attack.

And in a quick start by the hosts, Niasse tested the gloves of Pope before the Clarets keeper got down well to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson following a quick break from a Burnley corner.

The early pressure continued and Stephen Ward had to be alert to hack clear inside his own six-yard box after Niasse latched onto a clever flick to lift the ball over an advancing Pope.

But Burnley slowly subdued the early charge and from their first patient passing move, Lowton’s low, deflected ball into the box was clawed away at full stretch by Jordan Pickford, as Chris Wood stretched to try and connect.

And following a magnificent move involving every outfield player other than Ben Mee, the Clarets struck the crucial blow in the 21st minute.

Steven Defour was heavily involved in the early stages, as was Scott Arfield, whose slide-rule ball inside Leighton Baines was perfect for Ward to pick out Hendrick with a quick cut-back.

The Irishman sensed a challenge coming from Schneiderlin, but side-stepped it with a delightful dummy and found the bottom corner with aplomb from 12 yards.

Everton, who had won just once in the league, grew more agitated as the half wore on, which ended with the Clarets in the ascendancy and Scott Arfield being booked for simulation after Ashley Williams looked to have made contact in the box.

Predictably, Everton came out all guns blazing after the restart, but a block from Tarkowski, making his 200th career start, and a headed clearance from Pope, led to more frustration in the stands.

And just past the hour, Ronald Koeman turned to Wayne Rooney for inspiration from the bench.

However, another great move almost doubled Burnley’s advantage midway through the half.

Brady’s persistence paid off and the Irish talisman, making his 100th premier League appearance, ran onto Arfield’s perfectly weighted through ball and forced a fine save from Pickford at his near post.

And as Everton grew increasingly direct in their attempts to breach an impenetrable back-line, two half-hearted appeals for hand ball against Matt Lowton signified their desperation, as the Clarets stood firm.

BURNLEY: Pope, Ward, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton. Brady, Defour, Cork, Hendrick, Arfield, Wood.

Subs: Vokes, Barnes, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Bardsley, Long, Lindegaard.

Booked: Defour 40, Arfield 42

EVERTON: Pickford, Schneiderlin (Rooney 64), Baines, Keane, Williams, Martina, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Niasse (Ramirez 82), Vlasic (Davies 69), Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Klaassen, Holgate, Lookman.

Booked: Calvert-Lewin 48, Baines 58

Ref: Jon Moss

Att: 38,443

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